I just read a review from "VL" about my favourite bistro, The Truffle House in West Vancouver and all I can conclude is that whatever planet "VL" is from, perhaps they would be better suited to spending their valuable time at the local McCafe. I'm sure the lattes there will be just to their liking, and I hear they have a great egg muffin concoction, and boy are they fast!
I have been to the Truffle House enough to be considered a regular, and I will be happy if VL doesn't go there anymore because it will be easier to get a much coveted seat on the weekends. I have never, not once in over a year of going, had anything but wonderful food, fresh ingredients, served with any one of the staff's wonderful smiles...you have to wonder what kind of person would denigrate the quality of a server's smile to "cheesy". I have been to lunch, brunch and supper at the Truffle House and was equally pleased with every meal. Our family has travelled extensively, and I have eaten in Michelin starred restaurants in London, Rome, San Francisco, New York and as well as the many fabulous bistros in France, I have dined in the Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel tower. I am also a passionate cook, so when I say I love a meal or a restaurant, I really mean it and I feel that my words carry the weight I have luckily kept off myself:)
The staff is always professional, polite and considerate and if the service is sometimes not as quick as usual or the door line up long, it's because the place is packed, which it more than often is. Again, if you want an "in and out as fast as possible experience", try MacDonalds.
My whole family has chosen the Truffle House as the place to go when we want to feel like we are back in Europe for awhile...the bistro is intimate, the decor tasteful and it is a joy to go somewhere where the food is always fresh, beautifully presented and as my youngest son can assure you, quite hot when it needs to be. The spinach and scallop salad is one of my personal favourites, although my vegetarian son prefers the Truffle risotto or spinach quiche and we all agree the soups are always fabulous. On the weekends I love the BC Benedict, the Swiss Rosti, although I am going to try the ham and egg crepe next time because it looked so good when I was there yesterday. My sons refuse to leave until they have had either the chocolate mousse or the tarte tatin, and I always get an extra spoon so I can steal some from both of them, while I sip my perfectly heated London fog. After 16 years of living in the area, I've seen restaurants come and go and have started frequenting a couple of restaurants in Dundarave, the area the Truffle House is in, only to see the quality go down and the prices go up. The Truffle House is by far the best bistro/restaurant West Vancouver has seen for many years, but by all means check it out for yourself, I am confident you will be happy with your choice.
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